Roster Update: Karlsson, Hossa, Carcillo, Doughty, E. Kane, Garrison, Selanne
(6/20/12) The Ottawa Senators have locked up their star defenseman Erik Karlsson to a 7-year/$45.5 million dollar contract, which works out to $6.5 million a season. Getting the deal done prior to July 1st means that the Senators won't have to worry about matching any signing-sheets that the restricted free-agent might've been offered. Karlsson was the 2011-12 Norris Trophy winner at the 2012 NHL Awards.
Teemu Selanne reportedly plans to be back for another go in 2012-13 with the Anaheim Ducks. The 41-year old recorded 66 points in 81 GP last year, and is currently in fine health.
A number of updates out of Chicago. First, Marian Hossa and Steven Montador are both reportedly improving from their concussion injuries. They have both commenced their summer training programs and GM Stan Bowman feels "optimistic" about their full return to health by training camp. We advise a wait and see approach, especially with Hossa.
Ben Smith should be fine for training camp come September. Smith has been signed to a two-year contract extension, and the Blackhawks say that the torn cartilage in his hip is on the mend. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Smith does not retain his official rookie status for 2012-13. Brandon Saad looks like the top Blackhawks' rookie to keep tabs on next year.
Finally out of CHI, enforcer Dan Carcillo is back on the ice after undergoing ACL surgery on his left knee last January. Carcillo was supposed to be the Blackhawks' tough guy in 2011-12, but that job fell to Jamal Mayers after Carcillo's season ended. If Carcillo is healthy, he is one of the NHL's premier fighters, while Mayers' value as an enforcer jumps if Carcillo is not in the lineup. Mayers finished last season with 91 PIMs in 81 GP, after 124 in 78 the year prior in SJ.
There's a report that Drew Doughty is being accused of alleged sexual assault in an incident that took place earlier this calendar year. The timing of the allegations - right after Doughty wins the Stanley Cup - makes the allegations somewhat suspect, but it's the law's job to sort this out. LAPD are currently reviewing the case.
Guilluame Latendresse (MIN) has been given medical clearance to return from concussion next season. Latendresse has battled injuries for the past two straight seasons; he only played 16 games in 2011-12.
The Florida Panthers have reportedly made an offer to Jason Garrison, who potted 16 goals from the blue line in 2011-12. Garrison is set to become a UFA on July 1st and might be the second most coveted free agent defenseman behind Ryan Suter.
Sami Pahlsson (VAN) is off to Sweden. He played 80 games last year between Columbus and Vancouver, and pretty much laid an egg.
Lastly, it's time to put the Evander Kane rumors to bed. His agent has publicly stated that he expects the RFA back with the Jets next season.